Carl Backstrom – A great loss

I woke up to the news this morning that Carl Backstrom has been killed in a car accident.

I’m not going to post a link to the news article directly, as it contains some distressing details that some people might not wish to read, however the news has been confirmed by various Blogs and (reliable) people on Twitter.

For those who didn’t know him, Carl was “Mr AJAX & Javscript” in the Application Express World, he was responsible for some incredibly cool features in the APEX tool and was always helpful with the APEX community.

However more than that, Carl was a really cool and great guy. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Carl at many of the Oracle events in the last few years and would often send him “hey dude, what’s up with my javascript here?” messages on MSN in the small hours and he would always answer them, without fail.

Carl was definitely a good friend, I’ll miss him a lot and I’ll never have another whiskey without checking for flies first!

One of my fondest memories about Carl (and I have a lot) was the day he took Dimitri and me for a guided tour around San Francisco and showed us sights that we never would have seen otherwise.

My thoughts are with Carl’s family and friends at this difficult time.


Comments 6

  1. Flavio wrote:

    I can’t believe it, this is one of those news you would never hear.


    Posted 28 Oct 2008 at 12:05 pm
  2. Johannes de Jong wrote:

    This is a great loss for the Apex community.

    My deepest sympathy to his family, colleagues and friends.

    Posted 28 Oct 2008 at 12:45 pm
  3. Sheri Backstrom-Krah wrote:

    Thanks John and everyone for you thoughts.
    Sheri carl’s big sis.

    Posted 02 Nov 2008 at 8:36 pm
  4. Sujay wrote:

    He will be a great loss to the Oracle Apex community, his site ( on Javascript, AJAX and other examples was fabulous! He will be missed.

    Posted 21 Nov 2008 at 2:46 am
  5. monty wrote:

    that just sucks

    Posted 21 Apr 2011 at 1:00 am
  6. WALLY wrote:

    @mathias Check out the Google Charts API

    Posted 15 Oct 2011 at 12:09 am

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